A la conquête du pôle

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A la conquête du pôle movie poster.

Movie (1912)
English title : The Conquest of the Pole
German title : Die Entdeckung des Nordpols
Spanish title : A la conquista del polo
Russian title : Завоевание полюса

Georges Méliès (Professor Maboul / Dr Ingenieur Klaps)
Fernande Albany (suffragette)

Intense debate between world Congressionists : the race to the North Pole is open but by which way ? On the ground (by road ? by train ? by sleigh ?) or on the sea (using a steamer or a submarine or a yacht ?). Maybe by airship or a balloon ? Professor Maboul (literraly "Crazy" or "Nuts") submits an Aerobus which gains unanimity. Preparations are quickly done and the flight is long (8 minutes on 30 minutes for the whole movie) but victory is in sight. Damned ! the aérobus is broken at landing and the international crew is endangered by a frost giant. Their salvation comes from the skies and everyone could congratulate each other at the French Aéro-club's banquet.

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Airship, balloon and aircraft held in the ceiling of the factory.

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Aéroscaphe - used by the suffragettes (women activists refused by men in their project).

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Hydrogen balloon.

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Aerial traffic.

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Airship's nacelle of the rescue team.

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